Ducks prospect Sam Steel (first round pick, 30th overall in 2016) today was named the Western Hockey League (WHL) Player of the Year (Four Broncos Memorial Trophy). He had been named Eastern Conference Player of the Year on March 22. Steel also won the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL's top scorer.
In 66 games with Regina this season, Steel recorded 131 points (50g/81a) with a +49 rating to lead all Canadian Hockey League players in scoring (includes Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League & Quebec Major Junior Hockey League). Steel's 131 points were the most in the CHL by a player age 19-or-younger since Patrick Kane (145 points for London) and John Tavares (134 points for Oshawa) in 2006-07. Steel also recorded the highest points per game average (1.98) of any WHL player age 19-or-under since Jarome Iginla (2.16) of Kamloops in 1995-96.